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Uneasy Lies the Crown, A Novel of Owain Glyndwr by [Sasson, N. Gemini]
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The story of Owain Glyndwr, the last Welsh Prince of Wales.

In the year 1399, Welsh nobleman Owain Glyndwr is living out a peaceful gentleman's life in the Dee Valley of Wales with his wife Margaret and their eleven children. But when Henry of Bolingbroke usurps the throne of England from his cousin Richard II, that tranquility is forever shattered. What starts as a feud with a neighboring English lord over a strip of land evolves into something greater--a fight for the very independence of Wales.

After a harrowing encounter on the misty slopes of Cadair Idris, the English knight Harry Hotspur offers Owain a pact he cannot resist.

Peace, however, comes with a price. As tragedies mount, Owain questions whether he can find the strength within himself not only to challenge the most powerful monarch of his time, but to fulfill the prophecies and lead his people to freedom without destroying those around him.

For centuries, the bards have sung of King Arthur's return, but is this reluctant warrior prince the answer to those prophecies?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 436 pages
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  • Publisher: Cader Idris Press (Nov. 4 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A27A1UA
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By History and Women TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7 2013
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A long time fan of author N. Gemini Sasson, I was eager to read this, her latest novel. Expect to be dazzled with great story telling, and I truly was.
Known as the last true Welsh prince of Wales, Owain Glyndwr, dedicated his entire life in trying to secure Wale’s freedom from English rule. A man of honor, greatly respected, and with the heart of a lion, Owain lives a happy life surrounded by his wife and children. As turmoil with the English increases, Owain soon finds himself torn away from his beloved family, leading a rebellion, and ultimately being adorned with a crown proclaiming him prince.
The author does an outstanding job of showing us not only Owain’s finest qualities, but also his many faults, and it is this that made Owain seem real to me, for no one in this world is perfect. It is a testament to N. Gemini’s talents as a writer that Owain truly comes alive while reading this book. What I was also more than impressed with was the fact that historical fact and complicated politics are skillfully presented in simple, easy to understand prose. The author leaves no stone unturned and does not shy away from writing detailed love scenes, battles, executions, and daily hardships faced by people in turbulent eras. Highly researched and meticulously written, The Uneasy Crown is a brilliant novel about a poignant hero and the sacrifices he made to fight for his country. If you’ve never read one of N. Gemini Sasson’s novels, then definitely make this your first one. And if you’ve read her other books, know that this one is just as satisfying and brilliant as her others.
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From one who has enjoyed them all, This was another fantastic read by N. Gemini Sasson. I will be watching for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding storytelling May 7 2013
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A long time fan of author N. Gemini Sasson, I was eager to read this, her latest novel. I expected to be dazzled with great story telling, and I truly was.
Known as the last true Welsh prince of Wales, Owain Glyndwr, dedicated his entire life in trying to secure Wale's freedom from English rule. A man of honor, greatly respected, and with the heart of a lion, Owain lives a happy life surrounded by his wife and children. As turmoil with the English increases, Owain soon finds himself torn away from his beloved family, leading a rebellion, and ultimately being adorned with a crown proclaiming him prince.
The author does an outstanding job of showing us not only Owain's finest qualities, but also his many faults, and it is this that made Owain seem real to me, for no one in this world is perfect. It is a testament to N. Gemini's talents as a writer that Owain truly comes alive while reading this book. What I was also more than impressed with was the fact that historical fact and complicated politics are skillfully presented in simple, easy to understand prose. The author leaves no stone unturned and does not shy away from writing detailed love scenes, battles, executions, and daily hardships faced by people in turbulent eras. Highly researched and meticulously written, The Uneasy Crown is a brilliant novel about a poignant hero and the sacrifices he made to fight for his country. If you've never read one of N. Gemini Sasson's novels, then definitely make this your first one. And if you've read her other books, know that this one is just as satisfying and brilliant as her others.
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ! Dec 13 2012
By Kimberly Sue - Published on Amazon.com
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I have yet to be disappointed by one of N. Gemini Sasson's novels. Her novels have the perfect balance of romance, adventure, and historical accuracy. This is the first novel I've read about the Welsh struggle for freedom, and I was able to learn so much about it from this book.

The characters/historical figures in this novel are written so incredibly well. As a reader you are completely pulled into their lives and struggles. Their stories are so incredible and well written. More than once, tears came to my eyes while reading. I found the story of Owain Glyndwr and his family to be absolutely fascinating. His long struggle for the freedom of his country is so inspiring. His family went through so much during his struggle for freedom. From the early years of love and happiness, and then through the years of sadness and pain while Owain struggled for the freedom of his country. It reminds me of the struggle that Robert the Bruce went through while attempting to save his country, Scotland.

I love Sasson's writing style. The way she describes the setting of the story, takes the reader right into the action. I was able to clearly picture the terrain of the Welsh lands while reading. I was able to `see' the battles taking place, and the different journeys that they were taking through the land. I love that she is able to describe things so clearly, without bogging the reader down with unnecessary details. The thoughts and feelings of the characters are described so clearly, that as a reader you almost feel what they're going through.

N. Gemini Sasson is an amazing author of historical fiction. She keeps the events historically accurate, and gives the characters personalities that are so real, that you can believe they might have actually been like that when they were alive. I would recommend this book to all lovers of historical fiction, regardless of the time period of your interest. I knew absolutely nothing about the Welsh struggle for freedom, but by the end of this novel, I feel like I had a pretty good understanding. Overall, I thought this was an amazing book, and I'm looking forward to all future books by N. Gemini Sasson.

I give this book five out of five stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another well written, well researched book..love this author. April 23 2017
By Arachne - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another book from a favorite author; cant go wrong with any of the books she writes. I do not leave book reviews that give away any of the story, you'll need to look elsewhere for that, I can only say this is another really excellent book if you are like me and love to read about the ancient ways, ancient Kings and Queens and how they impacted the world around them..
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well fleshed out historical novel. July 19 2013
By Bob Jarvis - Published on Amazon.com
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I very much enjoyed this account of Owain Glyndwr and I really became engrossed in the twists and turns of the novel. Although there are many historical clues as to the character of Owain's nemesis, Henry V we just have to go along with the author's build up of the enigmatic Welsh hero. She does it well and does it believably.
I did feel she dealt very fairly with all the combatants in this story. No one was truly good and no one truly evil; whether Welsh or English. This means that the human side of all characters was presented, warts 'n all and, in the two principal characters in particular. Owain and Harry (Henry V) are very beguilingly portrayed and it resulted in an enthralling contest of hearts and minds. Sadly, (or perhaps not if you're English) it would seem that Owain was extremely unfortunate to be thrust into his position of defender of Welsh interests and honour at the exact time of the emergence of possibly one of England's greatest military monarchs.
Narrative is strong, action is brutal and raw. Characters are well fleshed out and satisfyingly vulnerable to mistakes in the their plots, plans and operations. The always devious political shenanigans of the time are also developed in a way that has the reader sometimes sighing "Oh no, how could that happen." It does though, and corker of a tale enfolds as a result.
All in all I consider this one of the very best novels of this genre.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Careful... it sucks you in! June 7 2013
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This was a great book, but it's not my usual genre. As one reviewer mentioned, there were a lot of names to keep track of -- and if you're not familiar with the names of this culture that can make it even more confusing. I was able to keep up for the most part. The book starts out with Owain as a child and comes full circle through his struggles, triumphs and eventual... well, read the book.

This is not a light read, and if you get attached to the people you're reading about, it can be a bit emotionally traumatizing. Things don't wrap up all pretty with a bow and a happy ending. It is long and there is war. It is definitely worth reading, though. Owain fought for a worthy cause -- the freedom of his people. They fought valiantly. There are a lot of little side stories in the middle, but this is not a romance novel as one person mentioned. The story merely takes the reader through Owain's life. Many people get married and have children; some people wind up having affairs. That doesn't make it a romance novel and the premise doesn't suggest such a thing so I think the point was missed there.

It's hard to come away from this book without being changed and without thinking about it quite a bit afterwards. I am glad I read it.